Voting Question: Do trains still run when it is really windy and rainy?

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  • Voting Question: Do trains still run when it is really windy and rainy?


Answer #1 | 26/12 2013 20:25
It depends on the route. Trees can get blown over onto the line, and floods can occur. Overhead power lines could also be affected. So if the weather is really windy and rainy trains may get delayed or cancelled.
Positive: 58.823529411765 %
Answer #2 | 26/12 2013 15:25
Weather very rarely affects trains although rain can cause some lateness because of slippery rails. Short of a hurricane your train should run. But never say never. Wind and rain can cause a tree to fall on the track. If it is an electric train tree limbs can fall on the lines and break them. Those things happen but they are very rare. PS. I think your use of the word "run" is accepted American English. See definition 5 from the Merriam Webster Dictionary:
Positive: 60 %
Answer #3 | 27/12 2013 14:09
Speed restriction at 50mph to avoid debris on line . Usually trains only stop when flooding or landslide . Hitting a cow once was colourful , bright orange !
Positive: 52.941176470588 %
Answer #4 | 27/12 2013 02:51
Hi Emma. I presume you're posting from the UK. Trains won't generally stop running, but they may run at reduced speed, generally 50 mph instead of 125 mph on the East and West Coast Main Lines - the National Rail website is advising that many trains in Scotland, Northern England, and North Wales will be delayed up to 60 - 80 minutes, and presumably there will be delays later in the day as the trains forming later services may not have arrived by the time they're due to leave. SouthEastern trains are not running trains before midday, while they check the tracks for fallen trees. The problem is usually debris and trees blown onto the tracks, or damage to the overhead power lines (or in a few places, the sea washing over the tracks in the storm). Go to, click on "travel news" near the top of the page, then see what it says about the train company you want to travel on for the latest news.
Positive: 52.941176470588 %
Answer #5 | 27/12 2013 01:39
Most lines will be open and running, but some will have speed restrictions imposed due to high winds and the risk of debris blowing on to the line. Where trees fall on to the line services will stop while they are cleared. So expect some delays and cancellations. Check your journey via the website of the rail company you are travelling with or at
Positive: 53.333333333333 %
Answer #6 | 27/12 2013 11:27
Yes the trains will run but when it is foggy the trains may stop..
Positive: 50 %
Answer #7 | 26/12 2013 13:31
Emma, trains do not have legs, or any form of appendage, and therefore cannot run. Secondly trains do not fly and are not affected severely by the weather. Thirdly, unless there is a huge sharknado I highly doubt your commute will be affected by a little rain
Positive: 50 %

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